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Rochester United FC Kicks Off Inaugural Season

May 31, 2019 10:58 PM

(ABC 6 News) - A new era of Rochester soccer began on Friday night at Mayo High School as the Rochester United FC kicked off their inaugural season.

In February, the Women's Premier Soccer League, the largest in the world, announced that Rochester United FC would be a part of the league. Before the club was able to become part of the league, though, it needed to be born. That came from the passion for community and charity by one local man, Matthew Fatehi.

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In 2016, he retired but not before starting his own charity for children in southeast Rochester who could not afford to participate in sports and clubs. One thing led to another and that's when it all clicked.

"I decided to have a soccer team and because there were two other men's teams I decided to have a women's soccer team," Fatehi said. "That was a good opportunity for women's development, women's empowerment, and improvement."

The team has players from all over, including six from right here in Rochester. The organization hopes to be very competitive this season and if that happens, it could yield great results.

"If we win the conference, then we are in a position to compete nationally," Fatehi said. "God knows where we go from there. We could become a professional women's soccer team out of Rochester. My passion is that we win all the games, so we become the North Conference Champions. From there it makes it a lot easier to progress and make us known to the public and get more support from the community."

In the team's inaugural game, they hosted the Mankato Soccer Club and it ended in a 1-1 draw. The first goal for this organization was scored by Maria Garcia. 

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